What’s on in Tenterden this half term.

It’s hard to believe that it’s half term already, and many families will be going away for a well earned break.  However, this year, things are a little different! Instead of jetting off to sunnier climates, many of us are opting to stay local instead.

Staycation is the buzz word this year and whilst it’s great to go and discover what the UK has to offer, please don’t neglect what wonderful things there are to do in your local area too.

Tenterden and the local area has so much to offer, so we have put together a list of what is going on locally over half term for families.  If you are staying at home this half term, or visiting us for a few days, we hope you will enjoy discovering what’s on in Tenterden and the surrounding area:

100 Acres of Family Fun at the Rare Breeds Centre 

One of our best loved attractions locally, The Rare Breeds Centre offers a great day out that all the family will enjoy. 

Attractions include 

  • Meet the animals
  • Pig Racing
  • Indoor fun & soft play
  • Visit Creepy Crawly World
  • Trailer Rides
  • Falconry Displays 
  • Woodland walks 
  • Sandpit
  • Paddling pool
  • Take away restaurant and picnic areas

Visit their website to book and remember to download your activity pack beforehand for some extra fun activities.

Kent & East Sussex Railway 

Travel through history on our very own light railway.  The locomotives and carriages have been beautifully restored to their original splendour.  Depart from the Art Deco station at Tenterden and be carried through the breath-taking Wealden countryside out to Bodiam. 

The railway is currently operating a takeaway snack service only.

New for half term

The railway is a haven for wildlife, being a non-pedestrian corridor through the valley and we’re encouraging our visitors young (and young at heart!) to learn more about the wildlife they can see from the train. Families in half term will receive a spotter sheet and a guide to the railway line along with details of our most commonly seen birds and animals. There are online links for the whole family to learn more about each type of creature and their habits and habitats. Children who have completed the trail will be awarded a certificate and sticker as “Nature Detectives” on the day.

To book tickets visit www.kesr.org.uk

The Retreat Animal Rescue Centre and Café

The Retreat Café serves wonderful home cooked vegan lunches, snacks and cake. You can also shop in “The Animal Lovers Charity Shop” 

But that’s not all, if you haven’t booked your holidays yet, The Reatreat offers holiday accomodation in one of their wooden lodges.  For full details and to find out about opportunities to volunteer please visit


Tenterden June Market – Tenterden Recreation Ground

4-6 June 2021

Opening Times:*

Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm

Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Who doesn’t love a market?  The Tenterden June Market will be a relaxed outdoor shopping experience. Three days of delicious street foods, handmade groceries, bar, artisan arts & crafts, clothing and accessories. 
For a full list of confirmed traders please visit https://bit.ly/3vyWmAU

Smallhythe Place National Trust

Smallhythe Place, former home of Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry, is a beautiful 16th century cottage with lovely gardens, now owned by the National Trust. The unique Barn Theatre radiates the spirit and history of Ellen’s life.  In the house itself there is a large collections of Ellen’s costumes and props from a lifetime on stage.

The Tea Room is currently closed so please bring your own picnic and take advantage one of the many picnic tables in the lovely garden. 


Closed Monday & Tuesday 

Tenterden and District Museum

Tenterden is very lucky to have such a special museum.  There is currently an exhibition running called Our Ever-Changing High Street which is certainly worth a visit, please read our blog for more details.

Add to this our wonderful high street…

You cannot live, work, or visit Tenterden without realising that our High Street is very special. Not only does it have beautiful buildings, there is a diverse range of shops, many independently owned, that will appeal to everyone and every budget.

There are too many to mention here, but for a full (and up to date) list visit 


My Tenterden is an excellent local resource for all things Tenterden, for full details of local events please visit their website.